BAKED MAC AND CHEESE

With cold months of winter upon us, it’s nice to warm up with some familiar comfort food.  Growing up I ate a lot of macaroni and cheese that came from a box.  Not real food!  I much prefer something like this.

Mac and Cheese

I will say that mac and cheese is still mac and cheese.  There are not a lot of nutrients in this dish, but there is a lot of comfort.  To make it a complete meal, have it on the side with some protein and veggies.

 

Baked Mac and Cheese 

 

2 cups elbow macaroni

3 tbsp butter

3 tbsp flour

1 tbsp ground mustard

3 cups milk

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 ½ cups cheddar cheese, shredded

1 tsp sea salt

Pepper (to taste)

 

Topping:

 

1 cup bread crumbs

3 tbsp grated parmesan

1 tbsp butter, softened

 

Boil a medium size pot of water and add macaroni.  Reduce heat to medium, and cook for 6 – 8 minutes.  Drain macaroni and set aside.

 

Combine milk and butter in a pot.  Heat until the butter melts and add flour.  Whisk and continue to cook for about a minute.  Add mustard, garlic, salt, pepper and cheese.  Add macaroni, stir and pour into a greased casserole dish.

 

Mix topping ingredients together and layer on top.

 

Bake at 350 degrees F for 15 – 20 minutes.

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